Pictured here is sunset over Trim castle at the beginning of a heavy winter snow in 2010.
Trim castle has an area of 30,000 square metres and is the remains of the largest Anglo Norman castle in Ireland. It was built by Hugh De Lacy and his son Walter. This site was chosen because it is on raised ground, overlooking the river. This area was a very important medieval religious and royal site. It was built between 1172 and 1243
Depite the fact that Trim is 25 miles from the Irish sea, ships in medieval times ships were able to sail all the way up the river Boyne to make land and delivery of goods to the castle and the town. The town predates the having grown around a monastery founded in the early 5th century.
The central keep of the castle is unique in that is cruciform in shape, and has 20 corners. The site of the castle is complimented by the surviving curtain walls. The north and west sides of the site were defended by huge rectangular towers dating back to the 1170's.In this shot, the ruin in the centre of the shot is the main entrance gate to the castle today for tourists, but in its heyday the main entrance would have been via the Barbican gate (not seen here) with its moat and huge portcullis.
The castle found fame in the Mel Gibson movie "Braveheart", as it was a main set for the making of the fim.
The tall spire of St Patricks Church visible to the right of the main keep marks another site of interest in Trim. Built in 1900, the church is Gothic Revival, and is a very dominating building in the town. Raised on a hill overlooking the castle, the church features beautiful grounds including a grotto, as well as stunning Celtic mosaic work around the altar, and stained glass windows which depict the crucifixion and the history of Trim town.
Under the protection of Trim Castle, Medievel times saw the growth of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, at one time the largest Gothic cathedral in the country and the townload of Newtown Trim. This area gave rise to St Johns Priory also. Both of these sites are now in ruins, and open to visitors.
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tyro (17250) 2013-11-16 10:55
Again you have presented us with a wonderfully interesting and comprehensive note and also a very fine picture by way of illustration.
It amazes me that you present so many pictures taken almost directly into either the rising or setting sun and yet, somehow, you and your camera appear to be immune to the dreaded "lens flare" which almost always seems to plague me any time I try that manoeuvre! You must tell me your secret!
How have you managed to hide this one for nearly three years? It has a lovely and pleasing composition and the bright yellow and orange of the sunset is in strong contrast to the almost monochrome effect on the rest of the image. Yet we can still see fine detail in the darkest parts of the picture too.
This looks a chilly scene and perhaps warns us of what to expect in the next month or two.
Lovely light, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness. And not a trace of that damn lens flare either!
krzychu30 (14986) 2013-11-16 12:07
this is your trademark at its best!
Itīs cold and snowy evening,but this beautifully shining sun with its warm glow makes the scene so pleasant and definitely warmer,than it was in reality:)
Also the whole scenery for the shot with ruins of medieval Castle couldnīt be more captivating to make this shot perfect!
Fabulous composition and mood!
Take care my friend
resat1972 (6680) 2013-11-16 14:15
beautiful fallen snow
the light coming from the left balanced
lousat (68539) 2013-11-16 15:08
Hi Noel,very nice memory of winter 2010 whit a very special capture,a difficult backlight but an excellent exposure to show us the so well the snowy ruins,magic atmosphere and very original composition,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
omid266 (2081) 2013-11-16 19:52
Hi Noel ,
It ,s really a nice foto from Winter in Ireland ,
Thanks as always for sharing us ,
*** Prayer for PEACE ***
Good Luck !
Omid ^ I.R.IR
Highmountains (2255) 2013-11-17 1:41
Two things that strike me on looking at the photograph are - 1. The small foot bridge, because of its central position in the photograph and 2. The bright rays of the setting sun.
The cold of the winter is expressed by the bluish tinge and the show all around.
A few persons on the other side of the river gives a sense of proportion in relation to the buildings behind them.
Interesting note. We have a functional riverine port in India - near Kolkata.
Thanks for sharing, Noel.
jhm (131812) 2013-11-17 3:53
This is a wonderful picture and also a nice Christmas card.
I hope that the winter 2013-2014 is a lot better with not much snow and frost.
Nice depth and perspective picture.
Wonderful picture with pleasant colours.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
cornejo (25481) 2013-11-17 4:06
Hi Noel, great photograph of this beautiful and interesting postcard with the first snows of winter, very well captured in this interesting image with a good shot, good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
marabu61 (6477) 2013-11-17 4:53
Although I rather like winter better then summer, there is a truly ghostly mood to this forlorn scene. The ruins of the castel are impressive and I love the light and the starburst of the setting sun.
have a great sunday
photoray (8426) 2013-11-17 5:47
Intriguing view of this fantastic medieval village, the outlines of major architecture visible but not brightly lit, then the magical sun star burst.
And once again a fine historical note.
Romano46 (15574) 2013-11-17 6:37
anche se vedere la neve mette un po' i brividi almeno alle mie latitudini nelle quali ancora ci si puō permettere di girare per le strade in camicia, rimane il particolare effetto e tutta la suggestione che questa immagine riesce a trasmettere.
Il senso di tristezza e di abbandono, acuito dalla presenza del sole che muore, si vedono in tutta la loro evidenza nella tua fotografia alla quale va il grande merito di aver riunito tuitti questi elementi in una composizione di una rara efficacia.
Ciao e buona serata
willperrett (5134) 2013-11-18 0:39
Looks seriously cold! I like the difference between the warmer tones of the sky and the deep blues of the foreground snow. Christmas Eve, eh?
Kugart (1776) 2013-11-18 1:22
A timely reminder of the type of weather that lies ahead in the coming winter months. This shot is crammed packed with so many amazing interesting details it's hard to know where to start. The setting sun creates a beautiful atmosphere over the whole scene and creates a kind of silhouette of the castle and church. The angle you have chosen shows the detail of the delightful little rustic bridge which connects the foreground to the rest of the scene. As John (jhm) says would make a perfect Christmas card.
All the best.
rigoletto (33776) 2013-11-18 7:16
hi noel. i like the way you make use of counter-light shades for creating a romantic atmosphere. the almost silhouetted castle and the spire make a lovely skyline and the bridge invites us to the sun. you ruthlessly abused your lens again, but the flares look gorgeous...
fabbs99 (14449) 2013-11-18 20:56
Nice shot of the Winter sunset over the Trim Castle. Superb pov,colors and exposure. Very well done. TFS.
delpeoples (50651) 2013-11-19 6:11
Wow, you get snow! Hopefully it will be a White Christmas this year for you. I much prefer how the Irish celebrate their Christmases, keeping warm with a hot toddy in front of the fire, eating warm food and actually having the energy to go visit one another. Whereas here it's so sticky and hot, we have cold ham, prawns and beer and are too hot to even hug each other :) But to your photo The warm tinge reminds me a little of the 1970s retro shots (which I love). The snow looks great, as does the old bridge and those fabulous ruins. You're so spoilt having this all on your back doorstep. And what a wonderful scene, perfect for a Christmas card.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
jcpix (9274) 2013-11-20 16:15
Out of all the pictures I'm now getting caught up on, this one leaps off your gallery page for me...this has your signature all over it!
I don't know how you do it, but my oh my, I admire your ability to work with the counter light! This has such a fire & ice kind of feel to it, one element fighting the other, and yet so incredibly harmonious and peaceful in appearance. Sounds like a typical politician, yeah!? :)
The color pallet is outstanding, warm and cool, blue and red...ish to go along with the virtual silhouetted ruins makes for one delightful combination of effects. This would be tough to photograph I'd think...do you jump behind the lens, or sit back and watch nature in her simple beauty?? Tough call, and I'm glad you chose the former...it benefits my eyeballs to see this! :)
Really wonderful shot my friend, keep 'em coming!
Cheers from the sunny side,
berek (32312) 2013-11-23 4:04
i love this kind of winter sense. very impressive strong sun light and misty atmosphere here.
have a nice weekend.
macjake (49296) 2013-11-24 11:52
So is this amount of snow typical in this area? it looks rather frosty and nippy! lol
But having lived in eastern Canada I'm very used to that, and I don't mind it at all.
cool to read that this was used in the movie Braveheart, but i'm sure the real historians could probably pick the movie apart piece by piece right?
as for this scene, anytime you can have castles, and bridges in the same scene, its gonna be a winner.
hard to shoot this into the light, but it came out pretty well, really like it and I would put this one on my to-see list too when i eventually visit.
thebest (4258) 2013-11-26 1:24
Winter 2010 - Christmas Eve - No doubt the snow could shower down around you again this year...??? It is a beautiful sight - I know as kids in the UK if it wasn't snowing by Christmas Eve we would get up on Christmas morning hoping to see the snow - sure enough the snow would be falling & the robin was not that far away!!!
The Season is almost here again some folks will be having the traditional Christmas feast & others the cold seafood affair... I love all the fuss of a big Christmas Dinner & with the air conditioner in most homes comfort is assured.
This is a wonderful image of Trim Castle Noel & do like the bridge leading to it!!! just a great pity that it like many other castles are in ruins...
Miguel82 (17317) 2013-11-30 12:17
snow in Meath countryside, it reminds me a movie scene, very good effect of the sun, mystic ruins Noel
Felicitari, respectele mele, domnule